Category: unions

Marquette nurses see widespread support for 2-day strike but hospital locks doors to keep them from returning to work

Marquette nurses see widespread support for 2-day strike but hospital locks doors to keep them from returning to work

Last week I wrote about a 2-day strike by nurses working for Duke LifePoint’s UP Health System hospital in Marquette, Michigan, a protest against profound under-staffing that is leading to dangerous conditions for patients and the nursing staff who care for them. They’ve also been working without a contract with their new for-profit employer since July. Yesterday, nurses ended their […]

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Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, Michigan – run by Duke LifePoint – went on strike today to protest understaffing that has led to unsafe conditions for patients at the facility as well as the nurses who work there. In addition, they are demanding that the administrators of the facility begin bargaining with them in good faith on a […]

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James O’Keefe’s group busted infiltrating school union in Michigan to set up fake sting, judge issues restraining order

James O’Keefe’s group busted infiltrating school union in Michigan to set up fake sting, judge issues restraining order

James O’Keefe, the “film” producer who spends his life trying to take down any organization valued by progressives with heavily-edited videos of “stings” he orchestrates has been spending time in Michigan this year trying to bring down the American Federation of Teachers. Fortunately, a combination of an O’Keefe operative’s stupidity and the intelligence of the AFT’s staff resulted O’Keefe’s crew […]

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Michigan Nurses Association scores major labor victory, 1000+ Munson Medical Center nurses form union

Michigan Nurses Association scores major labor victory, 1000+ Munson Medical Center nurses form union

In one of the major labor victories since Republicans made the birthplace of organized labor in America a so-called “right to work” state, 1000+ nurses at Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center will now be represented by a union for the first time: A vote to unionize registered nurses at Munson Medical Center will soon be certified. The two-day election took […]

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American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

In a recent op-ed in Composites World, a trade magazine for the advanced composites industry, North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) CEO James Austin presents his view on what the protectionist approach to trade led by Donald Trump will likely lead to. His piece is titled “Process automation: A model response to Trumponomics and Brexit” and, in it, he contends that […]

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Episode 30 – Maybe what this country needs is one big “Enough is Enough!” march wsg Cindy Estrada

Episode 30 – Maybe what this country needs is one big “Enough is Enough!” march wsg Cindy Estrada

The show notes for Episode 30 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/05/episode-30-maybe-what-this-country-needs-is-one-big-enough-is-enough-march-wsg-cindy-estrada.html ASSKICKERS ALERT! Folks don't realize how close the GOP is to repealing the affordable care act right now. 1/ — Ben Wikler (@benwikler) April 29, 2017 TRUMPCARE UPDATE: Rules meeting Mon. to decide on a vote next week. Whipping moderates this weekend. Calls today, Mon. are vital. (pls RT) pic.twitter.com/Qs0FCtG8X2 — […]

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Donald Trump takes credit for Ford Motor Co. expansion negotiated with the UAW two years ago

Donald Trump takes credit for Ford Motor Co. expansion negotiated with the UAW two years ago

The Ford Motor Co. announced today that it is expanding operations in three Michigan plants and will spend over a billion dollars in the process: Ford Motor Co. will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to prepare for production of the all-new Ford Ranger and Bronco, and to support the company’s expansion into mobility. The company said Tuesday it […]

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Detroit Three automakers busing UAW workers in to cheer at Trump’s visit to Ypsilanti, Michigan today

Detroit Three automakers busing UAW workers in to cheer at Trump’s visit to Ypsilanti, Michigan today

NOTE: This post has been updated HERE with photos of the protest against Trump and analysis of his comments while he was in Michigan. All three Detroit autoworkers are busing UAW members in to Pr*sident Trump’s visit to Ypsilanti, Michigan later today and all but Ford are giving the workers food and are paying them for the privilege: The Detroit […]

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Make no mistake, brothers and sisters: Donald Trump is NOT a friend of labor

Make no mistake, brothers and sisters: Donald Trump is NOT a friend of labor

The Monday after he was sworn in as Pr*sident, Donald Trump met first with CEOs of large corporations. Then, later in the day, he met with union leaders. The “Daily Guidance” issued by the White House the night before described the meeting as a “listening session with Union Leaders and American Workers.” A revised schedule sent around 10 a.m. on […]

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AFT, SPLC and more than 100 other groups ask Trump to denounce hate acts

AFT, SPLC and more than 100 other groups ask Trump to denounce hate acts

Letter represents the voices of more than 10 million people asking the president-elect to speak out against hateful acts and ideology. Labor, civil rights and faith leaders, along with many others, called on President-elect Donald Trump to take a much stronger stance against hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction and assault that have happened since his election. More than […]

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Two Michigan for-profit charter schools being held accountable for breaking the law

Two Michigan for-profit charter schools being held accountable for breaking the law

Hallelujah It’s no secret that the for-profit charter school industry is like the Wild West when it comes to being able to do just about anything they want. Michigan is one of the most permissive states in the country when it comes to oversight of charter schools and there are miscreants out there taking full advantage of that in order […]

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